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MD970 - Research Methods in Clinical Education

  • Module code: MD970
  • Module name: Research Methods in Clinical Education
  • Department: WMS, Postgraduate Taught & CPD
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to ensure students have a critical understanding of research methodology appropriate to clinical education, including qualitative, quantitative, multi-/mixed methods and ethical considerations, and can apply it appropriately to develop their work in their particular context, leading to a written research proposal and feeding in to a submission for ethical approval. As such the module directly prepares students for their professional project or dissertation.

Principal learning outcomes

Students will: Formulate appropriately focused research questions having constructed systematic searches for evidence relevant to clinical education, evaluated it critically and synthesised relevant information in the context of their proposal. Understand the basis of different paradigms and the resultant approaches to research in clinical education, and critically appraise the use of theoretical frameworks within a range of research paradigms and traditions. Understand, apply and analyse a variety of qualitative methods, having reviewed appropriate research designs, and appreciated the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Develop the appropriate methodological approach for their proposal. Display a knowledge of the analytical approach needed in qualitative studies especially: Data control and analysis; Use of computer programmes e.g NVivo etc; Understand and use contemporary standards for research using qualitative methods: Guidelines for reporting; Critical appraisal of research articles, and interpretation of these in terms of their specific research proposal; Understand and apply quantitative methods to clinical education focussing on the use of questionnaires; Develop an approach to defining and measuring quality relevant to their medical education project; Identify ethical issues relevant to their research question, develop an awareness of the process and prepare an outline ethics submission for educational research; Develop an appropriate project timeline including write up and review; Draw up proposals for dissemination of research through an appropriate range of methods and media (e.g. dissertations, papers, posters and verbal presentation, submission and publishing).

Timetabled teaching activities

5 Days

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: MD970-20)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Masters in Medical Education (B9XD) - Year 2
  • Masters in Medical Education (B9XD) - Year 3
  • Masters in Medical Education (B9XD) - Year 4
  • Masters in Medical Education (B9XD) - Year 5
  • Masters in Medical Education (B9XD) - Year 6
Optional Core